In the last two days we have received three reports of Courier Fraud in the Burnley area, with each victim handing over £4,900 to scammers. We believe these offences are linked and we are urging people to remain vigilant throughout Lancashire.
In all instances, vulnerable and elderly members of the community have been targeted with phone calls from an individual claiming to be from the bank or Police.
In these instances, the victims have been told not to inform any friends or family, withdraw large volumes of cash or purchase euros and hand them over to a ‘courier’ who has later visited their property with a pre-agreed code word.
Fraudsters are highly persuasive and use an array of systems and tactics to appear like legitimate organisations. In both of these instances mentioned, the fraudsters held the victims phone line open all day to ensure that should the victim call their genuine bank or police, they could intercept the call.
Clearly, these instances are highly emotive and extremely distressing for the victims, who are now left feeling vulnerable and without their cash over the festive period.
If you have loved ones, friends, family or neighbours that could benefit from this advice, please remind them that their bank or the police will NEVER:
• Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password.
If you have information or concerns regarding Courier Fraud you can call 101, or 999 if it’s an emergency.